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C'est ça de gagné

Regardant le film (VOSTF) Les Lyonnais j'ai vu la phrase suivante C'est toujours ça de gagné. Est-ce une faute de sous-titrage ? Ça à gagner ne serait-elle pas la tournure correcte ?
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How do you expect to — ?

In the French language, I'm searching for a natural way to say, How do you expect to break a habit by willpower alone which you couldn't for the last thirty years? and I'm having difficulty in how ...
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In French, how do you say “brain-meltingly difficult”?

We were having a conversation in English, and someone passed some remark about the mind-numbingly steep learning curve involved in mastering the Arabic language: I constantly thought my brain was ...
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How to express “I’m looking forward to vacation”?

How to say “I'm looking forward to summer vacation” in French? I want to tell my French friend that I’ve learned so much for university and now I’m looking forward to vacation.
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Is it natural to say “mon Français”?

In English you might say “my Spanish is not very good,” in reference to your language skills, or “I’m trying to improve my Japanese.” Is the same true in French?
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traductions des verbes pour une lettre de motivation

Je veux traduire la proposition ci-après (cela fera partie d'une lettre de motivation pour une candidature spontanée) : I am writing to enquire if you have any vacancies in your company. I ...
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Some idiomatic explanations

Tout à fait directly translated would be 'all to do', how does this get inferred as 'absolutely'? je m’en fous directly translated would be 'I am in craziness', how does this get inferred as 'I don't ...
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Does “cracher” carry a negative connotation to express the idea of “force out the words”?

Mustering all her strength, she forced out the words. -- {Context: She is on her deathbed} In translating this sentence into French, I'm looking for the right word that captures the nuance of "...
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How long does it take

Google Translate gives me the following translation for How long does it take? translated from English: Combien de temps cela prend-il? However is it correct that I might also use the phrase: ...
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“On” vs “nous” in spoken French

Do people prefer to use on in everyday speaking, even in formal situations? Or will they use nous? For example, if you are at a gathering and you say "Nous sommes si chanceux d'être ici". Would that ...
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Does the inclusion of “bien” make a question a non-question?

Mais au fait, y en avait bien un autre avec vous ? {vs} Mais au fait, y en avait un autre avec vous ? I wonder if the use of "bien" makes it a statement, something along the lines of: Moi qui ...
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How do you ask someone how their day at work is going?

Would you say: Comment était votre journée au travail?
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How to answer “ça a été ?” ?

The waiters would often ask "ça a été ?" after taking a dish. I sometimes lose my concentration and can't come up with anything more than a "oui oui" or "oui c'etait bien" although I know these are ...
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How do you say “The sink drains slowly”?

I'm writing the owner of an airbnb that I stayed at whose kitchen sink drained slowly. How would you say this in French? I've searched google and wordreference forums but can't seem to find this.
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How do I write 'the little macaron shop' in French? Is it Le petit boutique de macaron?

I am asking the above question as I make macarons and when I give them as gifts I want to seal the boxes with stickers saying the above in French.
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Which verb is best for “meeting” in this context?

I want to ask a good friend for coffee. We are due for a catch-up. It is not a date or anything formal. We catch up regularly. How do I say "I'd love to meet for coffee sometime". From looking at ...
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“Sorry for bumping into you” in French [closed]

How would you say "Sorry for bumping into you" in French?
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Comment traduire « they had it/we all have it comin' » : du spécifique au proverbial ?

Avertissement : divulgâcheur/spoilers (film Unforgiven, 1992) (1) Kid: You know how I said I shot five men? It weren't true. That Mexican who come at me with a knife? I just busted his leg with a ...
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How to say in French “Spent two years in doing it” and “Took two years to do it”?

Mon corps a mis deux ans à s'y habituer. Mon corps a pris deux ans à s'y habituer. Ça m'a pris deux ans pour mon corps de s'y habituer. Ça a pris deux ans à mon corps de s'y habituer. I want ...
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How can I say “it was the first thing that came to mind”?

I was wondering how do I specifically say "it was the first thing that came to mind" as in this instance I have to describe an image (about badminton) but am wary of the different meanings and ...
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How to say: When are we meeting?

How would I say "When are we meeting?" in the context of asking a friend who I am planning to see e.g. tonight. This should be really easy but I can't seem to find a way that sounds 'French'. I ...
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Translation of “I was there”

-- A: Were you at the party yesterday evening? -- B: Yes, I was there! What should be the translation of "I was there"? -- A: Est-ce que tu as été à la fête hier soir? -- B: Oui, j'y ai ...
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Translation of “sounds good”

— A: "Let's meet tonight at 8pm." — B: "Sounds good!" What would be a good translation of "Sounds good"? Google Translate suggests "Ça m'a l'air bien", but I'm not sure if it's too formal. — ...
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French: You know you hate the whole thing as much as I do

I'd like to express the following sentence in French. You know you hate the whole thing as much as I do. My try is this. Is it okay? Tu sais que tu detestes toute la chose autant que moi.
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How to say: 'sorry for the delayed answer'

I want to reply to an email that I should have answered two weeks ago already. How can I say the following in an idiomatic manner? 'sorry for the delayed answer' The email's tone is rather ...
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Manière idiomatique de dire que les gens malhonnêtes ont tendance à voir le mal partout

J'écris un livre en ce moment, et un de mes personnages est un ancien voleur, arnaqueur et menteur qui s'est repenti (appelons le X). Un autre personnage (appelons le Y) lui pose une question de ...
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Can “à moins que” be used as a subtle, indirect way to ask for something?

I’m not sure how the following sentences sound, compared to straightforwardly asking someone to do something with "can you, will you, please" etc. Je vais aller à la gare à pied. À moins ...
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How would you say “Is any of that good” or “Is any of the [noun] [adjective]” in French?

How would you say something like "Is any of that good" or "Is any of this food good" in French? Would you say: Est-ce que quelque chose de ça est bon ? Est-ce que l'un de ça est bon ? Est-ce que tout ...
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Comment dire « reasons behind it » en français ?

Peut-on dire « la raison derrière cette décision » ou est-ce un calque de l'anglais ? Peut-être quelques variations ?
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How would you say “No matter how much I try” in French?

I've been having trouble translating "No matter how much I try" in French. I can't give any examples because of how confused I am at using "avoir beau de" and "quel que". Where would you put the "...
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How do I say in French 'I can't wait to see them!' ?

I am writing about visiting Niagara Falls in the future and I would like to know how to say 'I can't wait to see them!' (I'm not sure if it would be referred to as 'them' or 'it' either)
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Si c’est le cas, pourquoi dit-on « à la retraite » mais « en préretraite » dans le contexte d’arrêter de travailler ?

Pendant une conversation avec un ami français, je lui ai dit: «Je ne suis pas encore en retraite mais seulement en préretraite» ... ... auquel il m’a répondu que même si mon usage de «en ...
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Dit-on « je t'ai » ?

Si l'on voulait dire que je te garde à mes côtés, en anglais on dit "I have you [by my side]". Mais, je n'ai jamais vu « je t'ai ». J'ai vu « vous avoir » et « l'avoir », mais jamais « t'ai ». D'où ...
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What is an idiomatic way of saying “have always been, and will always be” in French?

In English, this expression is sort of idiomatic, emphasising the meaning of "forever". How do you say the following sentence, for example, in French? I have always been, and will always be there ...
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How to say “mark the page that I reached”

How to say in French I turned up the corner of the page to mark the page that I reached Some ideas: J'ai corné la page pour marquer ou en suis-je J'ai corné la page pour marquer d'où il me ...
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Suitable translation for maxim statements

Occasionally I'd like to write something in French that is of a maxim form: To be A is to be B E.g.: “to be loved, is to be known” This is somewhere between uncommon and idiomatic in structure, ...
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How to say “Every five days” in French?

Which one would a native speaker say (most preferably) My attempt: Toutes les journée cinq. Google Translate : Tous le cinq jours.
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Y'all come back now, y'hear?

Récemment j'ai dit à mon chat : « Tu dois retourner, tu entends ? » pendant que je lui permettais de sortir, mais je pense qu'il y a une meilleure traduction pour cette phrase en anglais, indiquée ...
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Ways to express “what's happening”, “what happened”, or “what will happen” in French

I've been having trouble looking for ways to say "what happened", "what's happening", and "what will happen" in French. I feel it's "Ce qui s'a passé", "Ce qui se passe", and "Ce qui se passera". ...
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How to formulate “to see it” in “making my way to Harlem to see it”?

A young black woman living in NYC discovers Harlem and goes there often. "I felt at home, making my way to Harlem to see it." "to see it" gives me pause here. Je m'y sentais chez moi, me rendant à ...
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Comment exprimer la phrase russe “Хорошего понемножку” ?

Comment traduit-on du russe le syntagme "Хорошего понемножку"? La phrase mot-à-mot traduite comme "du bon par petite quantité" en gros veut dire que "ça suffit!... car on doit avoir une mesure pour ...
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What is the correct way to say “I have a bad accent” ?

What is the best way to self-effacingly say: I speak french with a bad accent. Would it be: Je parle français avec un mauvais accent anglais. The difficulty I'm having is in distinguishing ...
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How to express “just because … doesn't mean …” in colloquial French ?

Am I correct in assuming that you can express this idea in the following two different ways? The sentence structure of 1B and 2B seems more complicated than 1A and 2A, but do they mean the same thing? ...
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How to say, “We are nearly there.”

What is the best way to say, "we are nearly there"? Is it correct to say, "Nous sommes y presque", or is, "nous sommes presque là", better, or?
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How to translate “Can't stop” to French?

Is it correct to say: Je ne peux pas arrêter de les regarder, tes peintures. Does it convey the meaning of "can't stop looking at your paintings"?
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Most idiomatic way to say “Could you repeat that?”

I've generally always asked fast-talking native French speakers to repeat something with the request Pourriez-vous le répéter ? However, while this does get the point across, in English this would ...
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Normal way of saying “I'm sure you'd agree”

I want to say a rough equivalent of "I'm sure you'd agree that it's important to ...". I don't really recall hearing a French equivalent, so I've written "Je suis sûr que vous êtes d’accord que c'est ...
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“How do you understand this?” in French?

I want to encourage the person to re-tell something with their own words or reflect on certain topic. The closest I can come up with is "Comment comprenez-vous cette information?".
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Dans une lettre de motivation: comment dire « Je suis quelqu’un qui… » plus professionnellement?

Je voulais dire que « Je suis quelqu’un qui aime bien expérimenter avec les nouvelles technologies » mais je pensais que la phrase trop formelle. Il y a une autre manière à le dire ?
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How to ask “What do you need for…?”

I know I could say "Qu'est-ce qu'il te faut pour X ?" but what if I want to use avoir besoin de ? Would it be Qu'est-ce que tu as besoin de pour ... ? or is there an en in there, or should it start ...